By Friday evening on August 25th Hurricane Harvey had made landfall, making this the first Category 4 Hurricane, that ended a twelve-year record. There had not been a Hurricane that had made landfall with such intensity since 2005 with Hurricane Wilma. Harvey became one of the wettest tropical cyclones in the history of the United States. By September 1st, one-third of Houston was underwater. Within 24 hours there had been two feet of rain that had fallen and accumulated. In many areas, there was more than 40 inches of rain accumulated that caused a lot of flooding. All of this water forced approximately 39,000 people out of their homes and into nearby shelters.
Hurricane Harvey recently hit one of our nation’s most proud states, Texas. It dumped an estimated 27 trillion gallons of rain over Texas and Louisiana during a 6-day period. The hurricane left homes broken, destroyed and many broken families and its wake as it rampaged its way through the state.
As of Friday September, 8th 2017, a total of 122,331 people were rescued or evacuated after Harvey, along with 5,234 pets. So far there have been 71 confirmed dead 1 in Guyana, and 70 in United States.
On Saturday Trump and his wife Melania took a trip to Texas and Louisiana. They talked to victims and help served lunch at the NRG center one of the city’s designated emergency areas. Trump said that the recovery from Hurricane Harvey should ‘hopefully be a quick process’. But only time will tell, Hurricane Harvey caused $180 billion in damage. This became a record as this was more than any other natural disaster in U.S history. The Hurricane affected 13 million people from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky.
With this being one of the worst disaster in Texas history, it has been estimated that the recovery will take many years. There has been an estimated to be between $70 to $200 billion, along with larger losses from uninsured homeowners. Due to the severe wreckage funding began immediately as rescue workers were prepped for extraction for stranded residents. As of today $2,840,776 of the $5,000,000 goal was raised to help the relief cause.